Mitt Romney: “trickle-down racism” Very similar to the kind that "bubbles up"

MittRomneyThe Washington Post, reporting from an annual Romney-hosted summit (3 days at a luxurious Utah mountaintop resort):

[Romney] was emotional here Saturday as he delivered an impassioned case against Trump. He said the business mogul’s campaign rhetoric — the latest example being his accusations of bias by a federal judge because of his Mexican American heritage — is so destructive that it is fraying at the nation’s moral fabric and could lead to “trickle-down racism.”

“I love what this country is built upon, and its values — and seeing this is breaking my heart,” Romney told summit attendees, according to the Associated Press.

In response, from his Tampa rally, Mr. Trump insulted Mr. Romney by calling him a “total booger-head” [Correction: a “stone-cold loser.”]


Romney positions explained

An anonymous commenter at Reddit brilliantly sums up the current state of the Romney campaign:

Vote Romney! He’ll repeal Obamacare, the whole thing, but he’ll keep some parts, like preexisting conditions, but actually he won’t, he’ll keep it but not in the law.

He likes Roe v Wade, but is pro-life, but he won’t pass a law against abortion, but he supports laws against abortion, but not if it’s rape, but only if it’s not secretly not rape. And he’ll nominate pro-life judges, but he won’t ask judges if they’re pro-life before nominating them.

Also he’ll cut taxes on rich people (sorry, “job creators”) and raise taxes by eliminating loopholes, but not loopholes on “job creators”, but also not loopholes on poor people or the middle class, and not loopholes on corporations (who are people (actually let me clarify, they’re not people (except for purposes of campaign contributions))). He’s not going to get into details because if he did his opponents would just use them to attack him.

He’s in favor of a strong dollar, so he’ll stop China from manipulating the currency to maintain a strong dollar, which is causing a big debt, which he’ll make smaller by cutting taxes and cutting spending, except on military, Social Security, Medicaid, and Medicare which he’ll spend more on. He’s against cutting Medicaire, because that’s what Obama is doing and he’ll repeal Obama cutting Medicare, but he’ll cut Medicare (sorry, “entitlement reform”), but not Obama’s cutting Medicare different cutting Medicare. And the older generation is running up the deficit at the expense of younger people, which he’ll fix by cutting benefits for younger people (it’s not cutting Medicare, it’s just having Medicare give out less money than before). And he’s in favor of the individual mandate, which is why he’ll repeal it once in office. And he didn’t want to bail out GM, because he secretly did want to bail out GM. But three things he’ll NEVER DO are “apologize for America”, let cancer patients smoke weed, and release his tax returns.

Vote Romney!


State Journal completely tickled by Ryan announcement

Oh, boy, our local editorial page is simply over the moon today, excited by the thought of Congressman Paul Ryan as VP candidate.  Wait, did we say “excited”?  More like “thrilled,” “electrified,” and “all-a-twitter.” They’re reveling:

“How far that jolt travels and how long that spark lasts remains to be seen, but for now we’ll revel in the moment and enjoy the national spotlight that will shine brightly on our state between now and Nov. 6.”

Their socks have been knocked right off!

They invite their readers, as in olden times, to send letters for [possible] publication later in the week. Us? No, we don’t think we’ll do that. Here’s this graph. (They don’t let letter-writers include graphs.)

Now Romney and Ryan are not even hiding their plans (à la Scott Walker). Ryan and Romney affirmatively promise to make things even BETTER for the rich, and worse for everyone else.

To a moral imbecile, that might make sense. But to anyone else?

Yesterday, Professor Mark Thoma’s Economist’s View blog:

If you think the middle class has it too good, too much security, taxes aren’t high enough, not enough fear of unemployment, too much help for education, and so on, while the wealthy haven’t been coddled enough in recent years, not enough tax cuts, too little upward redistribution of income, not enough bank bailouts, etc., etc., then the Republican proposals should make you happy.

(Hyperlinks don’t work in those ‘letters-to-the-editor’ either.)